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Downtown shops ‘under siege’ from thefts

 Crime Watch
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2013
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BOOK EXCERPT: Just Don't Clip Anyone: First days as an informant

Excerpt from "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster."
Whitey had probably always intended to kill Tommy King, the brawler who had been his onetime counterpart and rival.
By KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY  |  March 15, 2013
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Review: Seven Psychopaths


As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 11, 2012
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Smile! Your mug shot might be on Facebook

The criminal network
Police departments might not aspire to be popular.
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  September 19, 2012
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Review: Easy Money

Daniel Espinosa's crime thriller
Filmmaker Daniel Espinosa made quite the arrival earlier this year with the surprise smash Safe House , and now the crime thriller that got him that job has earned a stateside release.
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 02, 2012
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Review: The Invisible War

Kirby Dick's documentary on rape in the military
A few years ago, documentarian Kirby Dick read an article about rape among the troops and was shocked to see that no one had made a movie on the subject.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2012
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The Worst of Pax

Notable lowlights culled from the Pax archives
Pax Centurion lashes out at murder victims, Occupy Boston, welfare, and more.
By COMPILED BY CHRIS FARAONE AND NEIL PATCH  |  July 03, 2012
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Shit Boston Cops Say

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association maligns blacks, Muslims, gays, and women — in plain sight, backed by some of the region's wealthiest brands
For at least six years, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) has published a boldly bigoted official union newsletter, the Pax Centurion .
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2012
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Review: Nobody Else But You

Nothing special
A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 05, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Transcripts from Clarence Spivey's trial

‘The truth has to come out’
Spivey’s account of how the police arrested him was at odds with the official version; the pants he was wearing figured prominently in the trial.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 09, 2012



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No obligations

State laws
There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 18, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Craigslist Killer: The crime scenes

Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 04, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: The Craiglist Killer files

See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 04, 2012
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Chafee, fighting the death penalty, takes a most conservative course

Irony Dept.  
Governor Lincoln Chafee has won plaudits from liberals for refusing to hand over accused bank robber and killer Jason Pleau to federal authorities, because a conviction could lead to the death penalty.
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  March 28, 2012
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Michael Guglielmo was a career criminal. Now he's saving lives — one DNA sample at a time

Bad to the Bone Marrow
Inside a dilapidated boarding house in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael Guglielmo sat with one hand on a beer, and the other on a MAC-10 machine gun.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2012
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Review: Undefeated

Reflections on race and opportunity
Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 15, 2012
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Review: Kill List

Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
By PEG ALOI  |  February 28, 2012
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Review: The Darkness II

The heart of the matter
Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 15, 2012

Gang-buster bill gets dissed

Tattoos As A Criminal Act
A controversial legislative proposal developed by a secretive police group would send an individual to prison for up to 40 years if he or she is convicted of asking someone to join a criminal street gang.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 25, 2012
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Law & Disorder: The Best of Last Semester's Campus Crime Logs

Best time of your life? Hardly. Behold these stunning antics, ripped straight from the campus crime blotters.
Incident logs available online and/or at campus police stations display laundry lists of amateur-hour escapades and bike/backpack/wallet/gadget thefts. Here are some amusing, singular shenanigans and trends from last semester culled from public records
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 25, 2012
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Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 10, 2012
Short Take: Into the Abyss

Review: Into the Abyss

Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment
From the abyss of time in Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment in today's America.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2011



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Hollow justice

The FBI might have got its man, but anyone seeking real accountability from Whitey Bulger's government enablers will come away empty-handed yet again
When Whitey Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California, this summer, it may have seemed that a new day had dawned for the local FBI and for the Justice Department.
By DAVID BOERI  |  October 05, 2011
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Gangs, Inc.: A special report

Mergers & mayhem
This story was originally published in the April 27, 1990, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SEAN FLYNN AND RIC KAHN  |  October 06, 2011
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Review: Killer Elite

Narrative confusion
First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shooting.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011
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Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday

The write stuff
There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing out on the knee-slapping.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 21, 2011

Young activists explore police department

Portland 101
There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 21, 2011
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Review: Circumstance

Schoolgirls in hijabs
Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 06, 2011

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